Nine Iran-allied Hezbollah members killed, 30 wounded in Turkish strike in Syria

A 'Hezbollah' member in southern Syria. (AFP) February 29, 2020 Turkish strikes on northwest Syria late on Friday killed nine members of Iran-backed Hezbollah and wounded 30 others, a commander in the regional alliance backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said. The commander said on Saturday that the Turkish strikes targeted Hezbollah headquarters near [...]

By |February 29th, 2020|Lebanon, Syria, Turkey|

Turkish Airlines cancels flights to four cities in Iran

Iranian students repatriated from Wuhan arrived in Tehran on February 5. (Supplied) February 25, 2020 Turkish Airlines has canceled its flights to four Iranian cities and decreased the frequency of flights to Tehran until Feb. 27, the company said on Monday. The company said it canceled flights to Mashhad, Isfahan, Tabriz and Shiraz [...]

By |February 25th, 2020|Turkey|

Pakistan, Turkey, Armenia close Iranian border, Afghanistan bans travel over coronavirus fears

Iranian women wearing protective masks walk in a street in the capital Tehran on February 20, 2020. (AFP) February 24, 2020 Pakistan has sealed its Taftan border and stopped pilgrims from traveling via the crossing to Iran after six coronavirus deaths were reported in the neighboring country, officials told Arab News on Sunday. [...]

By |February 24th, 2020|Afghanistan, Europe, Pakistan, Turkey|

Turkish, Iranian media outlets exchange blows on Syria

Smoke plumes rising from reported Syrian and Russian airstrikes across the border in Syria's southeastern Quneitra province, July 16, 2018. (AFP) February 20, 2020 Turkish and Iranian media outlets are battling as deeply rooted tensions have resurfaced. Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency has published an opinion piece that critically discussed tensions with Iran over Syria. [...]

By |February 20th, 2020|Syria, Turkey|

Iranian rapper wanted by Tehran freed from Turkish prison

Amirhossein Maghsoudloo, better known by his stage name Amir Tataloo, is an Iranian singer-songwriter. (Instagram) February 4, 2020 A popular and controversial Iranian rapper wanted by Iranian authorities who was arrested in Turkey on January 28 was freed by Turkish authorities on February 4. Videos posted on the Instagram page of Amir-Hossein Maghsouldloo, [...]

By |February 4th, 2020|Turkey|

Iran claims popular rapper detained in Turkey to be extradited

Amir-Hossein Maghsoudloo, stage name Amir Tataloo, a controversial Iranian rapper posted a handcuffed picture of himself on Instagram after Turkish police arrested him. January 28, 2020. (Instagram) February 01, 2020 Preliminary steps will be taken soon for the extradition of an Iranian rapper detained in Turkey, the Islamic Republic Prosecutor-General, Mohammad Javad Montazeri, [...]

By |February 1st, 2020|Arts, Turkey|

Iranian singer’s life ‘in danger’ following arrest in Turkey at Tehran’s request

Amir Tataloo was detained in Turkey, where he had been living, at Iran’s request. (Facebook) January 28, 2020 Iranian singer Amirhossein Maghsoudloo, known as “Amir Tataloo,” was arrested in Turkey at Tehran’s request on Tuesday, and risks being extradited to Iran, according to his social media. “They said the Iranian government wants me,” [...]

By |January 28th, 2020|Arts, Turkey|

Turkey, Iran sign deal to strengthen religious ties

The deal has come as a surprise to many, since Turkey is a Sunni state and Iran a Shiite theocracy. (Getty) January 3, 2020 Turkey and Iran have agreed to strengthen their religious ties in a new deal signed last week in Ankara between the religious authorities of both countries. The new initiative [...]

By |January 3rd, 2020|Turkey|

Turkey’s Halkbank fails to halt US prosecution for aiding Iran

A view shows the logo of Halkbank at its headquarters in Atasehir, in the Asian part of Istanbul December 17, 2013. (Reuters) December 28, 2019 A federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday rejected a request by Turkey's state-owned Halkbank to put on hold a federal prosecution accusing it of helping Iran evade U.S. [...]

By |December 28th, 2019|Turkey|

Seven dead as migrants’ boat sinks in Turkey’s Lake Van near the border with Iran

The lake is near the border with Iran, from where migrants regularly cross into Turkey. (Reuters) December 26, 2019 Seven people died and 64 were rescued when a boat carrying migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan sank on Thursday in eastern Turkey's Lake Van, the governor's office in Bitlis province said. The boat [...]

By |December 26th, 2019|Europe, Turkey|